Chinnor Chalk Pit facts for kids
|Site of Special Scientific Interest|
|Area of Search||Oxfordshire|
|Area||20.4 hectares (50 acres)|
|Location map||Magic Map|
This site is described by Natural England as "important for its excellent exposures of Totternhoe Stone", dating to the mid-Cenomanian stage of the Cretaceous period, around 100 million years ago. It has yielded many fossils of ammonites from the Lower and Middle Chalk.
Old Kiln Lakes
The site is private land with no public access. Much of the former chalk pit is flooded and now known as Old Kiln Lakes. The lakes are freshwater but highly alkaline. In the summer of 2012 the public was warned to stay away and not swim in the lakes.
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